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Andrew Morrell

Andrew Morrell

Contact Andrew Morrell

Mine is a love story, the marriage of art and technology, fused by curiosity and an abiding love of music, and consummated by the giddy discovery of shooting weddings. 
My professional career began far from cameras, powered by a love of music, as I worked my way through an always upward engagement with NPR. From small member stations to popular national music programs, culminating in a visionary job creating NPR's first satellite news stream for Sirius Satellite Radio, my 20 years in the public radio world was the alchemy of music, journalism, and curiosity that set aflame my next (and current) career of wedding photography. 
I came to adore the challenge of shooting weddings about a minute and a half after I started nervously shooting my very first one. The responsibility, the excitement, the pure human moments - captivated me from the start. That was 2006, and after 500 weddings, that spark and energy remain. 
Aside from photography, my other lifelong passion is drumming and music - specifically improvised music. I bring the element of improvisation into all of my weddings. Using a fresh eye and the surprise of a moment, I like to make genuine, honest and organic moments. And as a lover of cinema, I am influenced by the symmetry of Stanley Kubrick. 
When I'm not working, I spend time with my rescue Golden and making music in my studio.

Where are you located? Do you charge a travel fee for weddings not in your location?

I am located in Winchester, VA, in the lush Shenandoah Valley. I don't charge for travel in the Washington DC metro area. For travel weddings, I charge travel fees, with a reduction in photography fees to keep my services affordable.

How long have you been in business? How many weddings have you photographed as the main photographer?

I started my business in Cleveland, OH in 2006, and relocated to the Washington, DC metro in 2009, and rebooted my career in 2010. In that time, I have photographed over 500 weddings as lead photographer.

Describe your "style" of wedding photography.

I consider my style to be a hybrid: part photojournalist, part documentarian. My focus is on the natural, organic and honest moments between people at weddings. Capturing unfiltered emotions in an unposed, natural way, while creating a comfortable and familial feeling among the principal actors of the day.

What's the typical wedding coverage package that you offer? What is the price?

My base package - and by far my most popular - is providing 8 hours of coverage starting at $2,800. Ala Carte items include engagement shoots, 2nd shooter, albums - at additional, and affordable, costs.

Do you have a studio where we can meet? Do you use Skype?

I do not have a studio, but I do have a home office where I can meet clients. I am also fully capable and eager to use FaceTime or Skype to consult.

What are your professional degrees, credentials, affiliations? Have you taken any recent educational workshops or classes?

I am currently a member of Fearless, and have been honored with 4 WPJA - Wedding PhotoJournalist Association - awards. My journalist affiliations, while not precisely photographic, are shaped by being the Program Director of 3 NPR News stations - Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor, New Hampshire Public Radio, and WCPN, Cleveland. I also was the Program Director and architect of NPRtalk, the very first 24/7 stream from NPR on Sirius Satellite Radio.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself?

I'm as passionate today as I was on my first day in June 2006. Meet with me and you'll see. Oh, I also offer this exclusive timelapse video - free of charge - as a thank you for allowing me the honor of capturing your wedding. A sample is just below.

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